Dr. Jannine Cody is originally from Charles City, Iowa. She graduated from Hoover High School in Des Moines where she also attended Grandview College. At the University of Iowa, she earned a B.S. degree in General Science and a M.S. degree in Biology.
In 1990, Dr. Cody founded the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society as a way to bring affected families together and to learn from each other. To date, the Registry includes more than 3000 families affected by chromosome 18 abnormalities from around the world. In 1991, Dr. Cody enrolled in a Ph.D program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; graduating in 1997. Dr. Cody is now a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
While pursuing her Ph.D., she developed the multidisciplinary Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center, the goal of which is to make the chromosome 18 conditions completely treatable. The research ranges from the molecular biology of the conditions, to the clinical consequences, to the psychosocial ramifications for the affected individual, the parents and the siblings. This work is primarily funded by the families of the Chromosome 18 Registry.
In an effort to ensure federal support for research into chromosome abnormalities, Dr. Cody has testified twice before the US Congress and has served on a variety of national committees and organizations related to genetics.
Cody JD, Hale DE. Making chromosome abnormalities treatable conditions. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2015 Sep;169(3):209-15. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31447. PMID: 26351122
Hasi-Zogaj M, Sebold C, Heard P, Carter E, Soileau B, Hill A, Rupert D, Perry B, Atkinson S, O'Donnell L, Gelfond J, Lancaster J, Fox PT, Hale DE, Cody JD. A review of 18p deletions. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2015 Sep;169(3):251-64. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31445. PMID: 26250845
Cody JD, Sebold C, Heard P, Carter E, Soileau B, Hasi-Zogaj M, Hill A, Rupert D, Perry B, O'Donnell L, Gelfond J, Lancaster J, Fox PT, Hale DE. Consequences of chromsome18q deletions. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2015 Sep;169(3):265-80. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31446. PMID: 26235940
Sebold C, Roeder E, Zimmerman M, Soileau B, Heard P, et al. Tetrasomy 18p: report of the molecular and clinical findings of 43 individuals. Am J Med Genet A. 2010 Sep;152A(9):2164-72. PubMed PMID: 20803640.
Carter E, Heard P, Hasi M, Soileau B, Sebold C, et al. Ring 18 molecular assessment and clinical consequences. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Jan;167A(1):54-63. PubMed PMID: 25339348.